How to Download, Convert and Troubleshoot ePub Books for Kindle

In March 2012, Amazon quit selling Kindle editions from many independent publishers. This is unfair and for those customers who like the work of small publishers, it leaves them wondering what they are supposed to do with their Kindle. Don’t despair! You don’t have to throw that Kindle away. You can buy e-books in an ePub format from many sources and using the Calibre software, convert the ePub format to use with your Kindle!

I have prepared a written and video podcast-style ‘Step-by-Step’ guide that focuses on how to download and convert epub format books that you can use with the Kindle device. I’ve also created a special ‘Troubleshooting’ section in this tutorial should you encounter an issue.

[Note – these steps also work for your Nook, iPad, or most other e-Reader devices.]

The following set of instructions will walk you through the steps of downloading and converting your ePub purchase for use with the Kindle.

  1. Find a place to store your ePubs. It can be any folder on your computer, but you will want to make sure you can find them later.

  2. Buy and download an ePub from your favorite publisher.

  3. To view this process, click here to open YouTube in a New Window or play the Video Podcast below [tutorial continues – scroll down].

    “Use ePub Format Books on Your Kindle – Part 1”

    At this point [after downloading your purchase], you want to take note to see if the downloaded files are in .zip format. If they are in .zip format, you will need to do one of two(2) things to correct this situation.

    This next video shows you how to tell which problem caused the file to zip and which set of steps will fix it. To view the ‘Troubleshooting Guide’ click here to open YouTube in a New Window or play the Video Podcast below [tutorial continues – scroll down]

    “Use ePub Format Books on Your Kindle – Part 1A”

  4. Open your favorite search engine and search for Download Calibre – it’s Free.

  5. Follow the link, download the file that suits your system, install the file.

  6. Open Calibre. Choose a language. Choose which e-Reader you use.

  7. Add books to Calibre.

  8. Attach the Kindle to your computer using the charging cable.

  9. Right-click a book in Calibre, choose Send to Device, Send to Main Memory.

  10. Disconnect the Kindle and you are all set.
    To view Steps 3 through 9, click here to open YouTube in a New Window or play the Video Podcast below.

  11. “Use ePub Format Books on Your Kindle – Part 2”

Thank you for supporting Independent Publishers and Enjoy your e-Book

  • Any Independent Publishers Group member publisher is hereby permitted to repost these instructions and videos as needed.
    No attribution is necessary.
  • Books purchased directly via The MrExcel Store and MrExcel.com are DRM Free.


Calibre© Kovid Goyal  |  Kindle© Amazon.com, Inc.
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 MrExcelTM is a registered trademark of Tickling Keys, Inc.

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott  |  March 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Good post and videos. Calibre does a decent job in conversion for the ‘reader.’ and I ahve done this when I needed to read a PDF file on my Kindle.

    However, one issue people may run into is a DRM protected files. Calibre will not convert DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected epubs (or any e-book) as it is in violation with publishing laws – similar to copying a protected DVD, etc. Sure, there are ways to get around the DRM, however, whether you like it or not, “breaking” the DRM is illegal.

    When purchasing epub files — they do not indicate whether they are DRM protected or not — or maybe I am missing the fine print somewhere.

    • 2. MrExcel East  |  March 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Suzanne, Thank you for the note! Good piece of information for our viewers and readers!


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